The Kitchen / Garden Program

The Rainforest School has a holistic approach to education that is reflected in our Kitchen/Garden Program. This program is a key component of our Health and Wellbeing Program as we believe that eating from a shared table instils a sense of belonging. The Kitchen/Garden Program provides our students with a deep understanding of the food groups and the nutritional values of food. Each term our staff and students discuss and vote on the menu for the term ahead. This promotes student voice and conversations about cultural diversity, food preferences and dietary requirements.

The Kitchen/Garden Program involves students tending to food gardens as well as cooking and serving meals. We value real-life learning, and the kitchen makes the perfect classroom to consolidate mathematical vocabulary and applications and reading literacy texts such as procedures with an authentic purpose.

Our school is proud to serve climate friendly meals, which are vegetarian and predominately plant-based. We select ingredients which are wholefoods, home-grown, bought locally or ordered in bulk to reduce our waste and carbon footprint. This is one of the many ways that we strive to be a sustainable school.

At the Rainforest School students do not bring lunch boxes to school and this is an important aspect that sets us apart from other schools.